GOP Sen. Hagel takes aim at Bush: 'This is not a monarchy'

David Edwards and Mike Sheehan
Published: Wednesday January 17, 2007
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On CNN's Situation Room, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), who has joined key Democratic senators on a resolution to stop the Iraq troop "surge" being pushed by the Bush administration, told host Wolf Blitzer that "a bipartisan consensus" is needed for Iraq policy to succeed. The bill he co-sponsored was called a "slap at the president" by Blitzer.

"The best interests of our country" are not served by American escalation in Iraq, Hagel explained. He said that America cannot just pull out, and "a few more years" would be required before the US withdrew. But he added that more Americans must not be "thrown in" to Iraq, and the Iraqis should deal with the problem themselves.

Hagel also sought to remind the president that the Congress is a co-equal branch of government, that "this is not a monarchy," and that on "November 7th, the people changed the management" in Congress. The bill Hagel is now getting behind "is just the beginning," the Vietnam Veteran senator pledged.

A clip of the program is available below.